I have now officially broken in my new ipod touch and have started playing around with the apps. Now that I’m in half-marathon training, I figured it would be a good time to review the iTreadmill app.
For 99 cents, this app promises to work like a pedometer and track your distance, time, pace, and calories burned. You can record your workouts. It also has a feature that keeps your pace, which is why I was most interested. I have a very hard time keeping a fast pace when I run outside.
After trying it twice, I’m still ehhhh. Here are some of the ups and downs:
1. Make sure you set it up right first. It’s pretty simple, but if the app doesn’t recognize how long your steps are, you’re going to have a problem.
2. If you want to listen to music while you run, you have to turn the music on first. Otherwise, if you go back to your music screen, it will turn itself off.
3. Once you select your pace, you have to tap the button that says your pace for it to start knocking out the beat. And it’s sensitive; I found that it shuts off from time to time if you get too tappy on the other keys or jerk the ipod too much.
I’m not obsessed yet, but I don’t dislike it. It does help me set the pace outside, which is good, but I wish you could go between the app and your music with a little more ease. Now that I have the ipod touch, I am considering getting the Nike+ sensor, since I already have the shoes–it’s only $20 and it will track my distance. It won’t set my pace, but it will be fun to track my runs on the Nike Web site with all the other users. I love a gimmick!